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Convicted military secrets leaker Chelsea Manning was released from a prison sentence for aiding the enemy by President Barack Obama in one of his last acts before leaving office.
Manning, who walked free earlier this year, was supposed to be in military prison through the late 2040s. Manning has used the new-found freedom to engage in Twitter battles, protest outside the White House, ride in parades and buy Lego sets.
Manning has now found a new passion outside of jail: swimsuit modeling.
Here is a photo of Manning from September’s issue of Vogue Magazine:
Independent Journal Review asked American military veterans what they thought of the glossy photoshoot for their former colleague in arms:
U.S. Army Sgt. Alex Plitsas:
A traitor in a one piece women's bathing suit. Strange, it's missing the prison stripes that usually come with betraying your country.
U.S. Marine Sgt. Mark Rieley:
What the F**k. He deserves to be hung by the strap
U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew Schuman:
As a gay, veteran, Republican my thoughts on Chelsea Manning are of a national security nature, and not LGBT. Quite honestly, she committed an egregious act, and her constant pictures and references to “freedom” is horrible. She needs to take her second chance and fade away, not do a spread in Vogue. Reality is simple, Bradley Manning did something that put the security of this nation and our troops in harm's way, I certainly hope Vogue understands who they are doing business with.
U.S. Army Spc. Virginia Kruta*:
Personally, I'm more offended by the fact that Manning chose to sell out the United States (and that Obama subsequently pardoned her) than by any of the personal choices she has made in the years since.
Do I think that trans people should serve in the military? No.
But I also believe that it was a mistake to open most combat jobs to women, and I am horrified by just how deep into social experimentation the bureaucrats are willing to push our military. When I went through training, Drill Sergeants routinely made trainees (never me) cry — and then mocked them mercilessly. Not even ten years later, “low stress” basic training had become a thing: a friend serving as a Drill Sergeant told me about a trainee who gave up and sat down in the dirt during a ruck march, saying to the Drill Sergeant, “I'm not moving and you can't f**king make me.” That trainee was picked up by the company truck several minutes later — and he was still allowed to graduate. Manning went through training in the “low-stress” era, where “being nice” to trainees began to supersede actually training them for combat.
U.S. Army sergeant who wishes to remain anonymous:
It seems like there are any number of more deserving people to be receiving praise and media attention. I can't help but think that the only reason he's getting this attention is because he happens to serve as a useful icon for the latest front in the ongoing sexual revolution, not that he's doing anything laudable.
*Virginia Kruta is also a writer and editor at Independent Journal Review.
Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.